Three new restaurants in region awarded coveted Michelin stars

Fine dining

Three new restaurants in the South West have been awarded the highly coveted Michelin stars .

The Acleaf in Plymouth and Lumiere in Cheltenham were both added to the annual list which this year included a total of 188 restaurants across the UK. Gidleigh Park in Devon was also awarded one star.

Meanwhile the region also lost two restaurants from the list following the closures of Casamia in Bristol and Thomas Carr 1873, Ilfracombe.

As usual London dominated the annual list but the South West has long held a reputation for fine dining with 13 restaurants on the list.

The Gloucestershire town of Cheltenham now has two restaurants with a Michelin Star matching Bristol’s total.

There were no restaurants with two or three stars in the region.

“In every region of Great Britain and Ireland, you can now find hugely talented chefs calling out to gourmets with their exquisite and accomplished cuisine,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides.

“Great Britain & Ireland continues to impress with the sheer variety of its Michelin Stars. Whether diners are looking for somewhere formal or casual, historic or new, there is a Michelin-starred establishment for them.”

The Michelin Guide Ceremony was held at Silverstone in Northamptonshire. In total, the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2023 recommends 1,143 restaurants, of which 206 are Michelin-starred, 29 have been awarded a Michelin Green Star, and 116 are highlighted with a Bib Gourmand.

The South West restaurants included on the list were:

Àclèaf, Plymouth (new)

Bulrush, Bristol

Bybrook, Castle Combe

Elephant, Torquay

Gidleigh Park, Chagford (new)

Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham

Lumière, Cheltenham (new)

Olive Tree, Bath

Osip, Bruton

Paco Tapas, Bristol

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow

The Dining Room, Malmesbury

The Whitebrook, Whitebrook